Obituary: Siv Inger Middlekauff 



Inger passed away peacefully surrounded by family the morning of May 14, 2020, just weeks from her 78th birthday at the home of her daughter, Tracy, in Blaine, WA.

Inger was born in the summer of 1942 in the family farmhouse in Buresjon, Sweden, near the town of Sorsele where she grew up along with her older sister and younger brother. At the age of 12 her parents decided to immigrate the family to British Columbia where they welcomed another daughter. 

Inger attended school in Surrey, BC where she met her husband Barrie Middlekauff. After returning from his service in the US Navy, they were married, packed up all the love letters he wrote to her and moved to the US. After many journeys they decided to be closer to family and moved to Blaine, WA and relocated from Moses Lake where Inger was a cosmetologist, Barrie was a trooper with the Washington State Patrol.

In 1975 they made a career leap and bought Vista Pizza which they owned until 1997. Inger went back to her love of being a beautician in 1982 and with her expertise in roller sets, back combing and perms she successfully operated Your Style Hair Care in the family home until her retirement in 2016. Inger couldn’t have been more proud of her grandsons. She attended almost all home sporting events they were involved in and looked forward to every visit, phone call, letter or just a simple text. She spoiled them all with her homemade slippers, afghans and spam and egg breakfasts. 

Inger is preceded in death by her husband Barrie, brother Roland, parents Ragnar and Elly, brother-in-law Ken and mother-in-law Yolande McLeod.

She is survived by her three loving grandsons, Blake, Sean and Brett Allen; daughter Tracy (Kris) Kruse and son Scott (Rachael) Middlekauff; sisters Vivian Dahl and Rita (Gary) Frederickson; former son-in-law Don Allen, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and her granddogs Krash & Gemma. 

The family would like to thank and recognize the exceptional care Inger had received from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (Blaine & Birch Bay crew), Eden Home Care, and especially Whatcom Hospice who guided us with grace in her final weeks. 

Our mom, grandma and sister will be greatly missed. Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests supporting Whatcom Hospice Foundation.


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